The John Clark Motor Group has announced the first details of its new £6 million Pentland Land Rover dealership in the Newbridge area of Edinburgh as it prepares to take over the Land Rover franchise for the whole of Edinburgh and the Lothians at the end of this year.
The new dealership is to be developed on a 3.45-acre site alongside the M9. Work will start at the end of June, with the opening of the new dealership scheduled for January 2012.
Extending to 30,000 square foot, the new Pentland Land Rover premises will provide more space than the existing dealership on Lanark Road in Edinburgh. There will be a 12-vehicle new car showroom and 14-bay workshop along with extensive used car and customer parking on the site.
The move is expected to create 20 new jobs, with further opportunities being created as the business develops. Recruitment to fill the new posts will start shortly.
John Clark, chairman and managing director of the John Clark Motor Group, said: “The expansion is the latest stage in our commitment to Edinburgh and our investment of £6 million in this new dealership underlines our confidence in the future strength of this market and the Land Rover franchise.
“We opened Pentland Land Rover in 1998 with the franchise for the west of Edinburgh and have seen considerable growth in our business over the past 13 years.”
Pentland Land Rover will officially take over the extended Land Rover franchise on January 1, 2012. The group then plans to open a satellite Land Rover authorised repairer to cover the eastern part of Edinburgh in early 2012.
The John Clark Motor Group is Scotland’s fourth largest dealer group and within the top 30 in the UK. It has an annual turnover of £280 million, 680 employees and 16 motor trade business in Aberdeen, Dundee, Fife and Edinburgh.
Land Rover UK's managing director Colin Green said: “The expansion and investment by John Clark Motor Group in the Pentland Land Rover franchise further demonstrates and reflects the strength of the significant growth of Land Rover brand, the relationship between Land Rover and Pentland within the Edinburgh and Lothian region and the exciting opportunities that lie ahead, including the impending launch of the new Range Rover Evoque.”
From January 1 Pentland Land Rover will be the only Land Rover dealership for Edinburgh and Lothians.
A satellite Land Rover authorised repairer will open in early 2012 to cover the eastern part of Edinburgh.
The opening of the new Pentland Land Rover dealership is expected to create 20 new jobs, with further opportunities being created as the business develops.
Recruitment to fill the new posts will start shortly.
The new Pentland dealership brings the John Clark Motor Group’s investment in its dealership network to £14 million over the past five years.“
The John Clark Motor Group is Scotland’s fourth largest motortrade group and number 29 in the AM100.
It has an annual turnover of £280 million, 680 employees and 16 motor trade business in Aberdeen, Dundee, Fife and Edinburgh.